Preventing side effects from diesel wet-stacking
Weekly runs of a diesel generator are certainly important to lubricate moving parts and ensure starting. However, they are typically not run under load and therefore do not allow the engine to reach proper operating temperature. Over time carbon deposits from unburnt fuel will build up in the combustion and exhaust systems of the engine which is identified as excessive black exhaust smoke and will lead to poor engine performance. This situation is known as “wet-stacking” and is the primary cause of diesel engine failure.
Load Bank testing allows the engine and generator to be vigorously run at full load in a controlled environment enabling it to attain maximum operating temperatures which in turn will clear out the ill effects of wet-stacking.
For answers to all your generator questions contact P3 Generator Services today!
P3 Generator Services
7 Edge Road
Alpha New Jersey(NJ) 08865
Recently, nursing home facilities throughout the state of New Jersey received a letter from the NJ Department of Health clarifying the State’s position regarding generator requirements.
This notification highlighted two main points; annunciators and load testing regulations, areas that we, as a generator service provider, have fielded the most inquiries about over the past year. Therefore, in an effort to provide some feedback from our perspective, here is a brief summary of the main points.
Help your generator service team to help you better … and SAVE you money too.
While regular maintenance can greatly reduce the chances that your generator will have an operational failure, sometimes events occur that require an emergency dispatch from your service provider’s On-Call team.
This is when your help is critical to getting the best service possible.
And it might SAVE you money too.
With the rising cost of diesel fuel P3 Generator Services has more recently been asked about how to best maintain and protect the investment of fuel already in the tank.
This is good news as it means that our message about the importance of fuel management is resonating. However, we are discovering that there is a belief that simply adding a fuel stabilizer is enough. While this is certainly a part of it, it should not replace a more comprehensive fuel management plan.
Understanding the answers to these questions will help explain why:
Generator Maintenance is a Team Sport.
Our goal at P3 Generator Services has never been to strike alarm or concern with every storm that could potentially hit our region. But with the recent effects of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and now others churning across the Atlantic, it is clear that we are certainly in the throes of a very active tropical cyclone season.
The best advice that can be offered is to always be prepared regardless of the forecast.
Having a qualified service team that routinely inspects and maintains your generator system is your first line of defense. They will be able to identify and correct areas of concern long before problems arise.
We believe that educating and advising your facility maintenance staff on best practices for generator care is part of providing quality service.
No matter if it’s spring floods, summer electrical storms, fall hurricanes, or winter snow and ice, severe weather can happen anytime. Following these easy tips will ensure that when an emergency does cause a loss of power, you will be able to proudly weather any situation.
Here’s a short checklist to help your team prepare.
Originally posted on 08/14/2017 (edited)
Are you better prepared today?
Today marks the anniversary of the Great Northeast Blackout of 2003
On August 14th, 2003, hot and humid weather conditions prevailed across the region straining utilities with the increased demand on electrical service. Shortly after 4 o’clock that afternoon, over-heated power lines in Ohio sagged into unpruned trees. The result triggered a massive power grid failure that stretched from Ontario, Canada and some mid-western states to the mid-Atlantic and southern New England.
This event, that left some without power for up to a week, caught electric distribution companies, government agencies, businesses, and individuals alike completely off guard. Were you one of them?
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON AUTOMATIC EXERCISING OF EMERGENCY GENERATORS
As per the EPA, emergency and stand-by generators are prohibited from operating for exercise or non-emergency purposes on days that are classified as being of poor air quality. Relying solely on your auto-exercise settings for weekly automatic run times places you at significant risk of having your generator run on bad air quality days.
Originally Published on 6/08/2015
Is the Air Clean Enough to Test Run my Emergency Generator?
By now most facility managers are well aware that test running their emergency generator on a regular schedule can be affected depending upon whether or not it is a good air day or bad. However,
- Are you aware that bad air quality, as defined by the AQI, anywhere in the state, not just at your location, matters to you?
- Did you know there is now an easy way to stay informed on air quality prior to test running your generator?
- Read on to learn about EnviroFlash, an automated email alert notification system.
Do you know the difference?
Each is an essential part of generator maintenance. Knowing the difference is key.
While weekly or monthly load tests are important in verifying whether or not your emergency power system will transfer properly during an outage, a Load Bank is critical to ensuring that the power supplied is sufficient for your building’s requirements and if the generator is in proper health to maintain it for a period of time.
Load Bank – What is it?
How to ensure reliable generator operation and protect your equipment
Fuel is arguably the most critical component of your emergency power system, yet likely the least maintained, as evidenced by the fact that fuel related issues are the number one reason for 95% of generator fail-to-start faults. Proper fuel maintenance is critical to ensuring your generator will perform its best when you need it the most.
Do you know what’s in your fuel storage tank?